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Congo's health ministry confirms 3 more cases of Ebola

09 August 2018

Dr Mwebesa, who directed all District Health Officers in the country to stay vigilant added that the Ministry of Health in DRC confirmed the outbreak of Ebola on Wednesday last week in Mangina health zone of Mabalako, territory of Beni in North Kivu, about 100 kilometres from Uganda's border post of Mpondwe in the Western district of Kasese.

The experimental vaccine, which is manufactured by Merck, proved successful during its first wide-scale usage against the outbreak in the northwest.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo proclaimed the end of the ninth outbreak of the dreaded Ebola virus on Tuesday, July 24, during a press conference in Kinshasa.

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As of Monday Congo's Health Ministry said there were 43 suspected cases, with 16 confirmed, including four deaths. Barthe Ndjoloko, who oversees the health ministry's Ebola response, tells Reuters that health workers and individuals who have come in contact with people infected with Ebola will be vaccinated.

Jasarevic says the World Health Organization and partners are working non-stop to contain and stop this latest outbreak of Ebola as quickly as possible.

Officials in the African nation have confirmed three deaths so far but believe the virus - considered one of the most lethal pathogens in existence - is responsible for scores more.

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Health experts in the city closest to the new outbreak, Beni, have been setting up "cold chains" to keep the vaccines at the optimal temperature of minus 70 degrees Celsius, a challenge in a region with hot temperatures and unreliable power supplies.

The central African country has dealt with Ebola for decades and this is its tenth outbreak of the virus. There also is frequent cross-border trade with Uganda, which could complicate containment of the disease.

North Kivu province now hosts more than 1 million displaced people and sees major cross-border movement due to trade with Rwanda and Uganda. It will be even harder to reach the target population this time, because this outbreak took place in a region where active civil conflicts have displaced over 1 million civilians.

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Congo's health ministry confirms 3 more cases of Ebola